Optimus Reviews

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Optimus 8R

rated 4 of 5 stars Bought mine in the '70s, ancient times now, backpacked all over the U.S. Fell down a steep ridge once, stove and extra fuel bottle took a few…
 
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Optimus 8R

rated 5 of 5 stars Been cooking since the '70s with no signs of stopping! Classic stove. What an epic stove. My dad handed this down to me and I may end up handing…
 
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Optimus Sparky

rated 5 of 5 stars This little igniter works great to light my alcohol stoves. The recommended approach is to dip it in the alcohol, lift about six inches while…
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Optimus Nova+

rated 5 of 5 stars Very easy to use. Very polyvalent. Well built. Very well built product. Will work in all weather. Been using mine for 2 years now. Good cooking…
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Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Hot water fast with the heat-exchange system on the bottom pot. What do you get? Crux stove, 0.95-liter Heat Exchange pot, a smaller "fry pan"…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Great little stove for any trip. Classic design and easy to use. Just bought this after anticipating and contemplating the purchase. I have…
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Optimus Svea

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great stove. I've had several since buying my first one in 1974. The only problem I've had is the rubber gasket inside the cap drying out. Since…
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Optimus 111B

rated 5 of 5 stars Classic design, engineering, and reliability. I cannot add much to the previous review which is very thorough. The 111T burns alcohol, kerosene,…
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Optimus 111B

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It is rare in today’s outdoor market for a product to continue with few changes for more than a score of years or even a decade. Stoves are…
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Optimus Crux Weekend HE Cook System

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great backpacking stove/pot combo. Stove: Folds flat due to spring loaded mechanism on shaft. This piece is plastic and seems durable for now.
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Optimus Vega Stove

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Best remote canister stove available. Lightweight and easy to set up. No extra pieces to fumble with. When I want a canister stove this is my…
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Optimus Nova

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Love mine, but I do have an older model. With a stove, reliability and robustness are my #1 criteria. This stove fits the bill entirely. I should…
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Optimus Terra Weekend HE Cookset

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I was able to heat water to a boil in about 1/2 the time as when I used my GSI Dualist pot. Obviously the heat exchanger bottom really works.
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Optimus Elektra FE

rated 4 of 5 stars This stove kit is really nice. It boils water very quickly and with the included fry pan is a very versatile stove. It seems durable and includes…
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Optimus Crux Lite With Terra Solo Cook Set

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I was looking at getting a small stove and cook set, rather than dragging my backpack stove out. This stove and cook set is perfect for day…
photo: Optimus Crux Lite With Terra Solo Cook Set
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Optimus Crux

rated 4 of 5 stars Burns hot and folds small at the great price. Bought this stove for an upcoming trip to the Overland Track in Tasmania.  Straight out of the…
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Optimus Titanium Folding Spork

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Light multipurpose eating utensil, but watch the lock. I've had one of these for a couple of years. Take a stove, the Optimus Spork and a dehydrated…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 5 of 5 stars I was in the US Army Special Forces and 82nd Airborne Division from 1980-1987. During that time I carried an Optimus Hiker that I bought in…
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Optimus Crux Lite

rated 5 of 5 stars It weighs 2.3 oz and boils water in 3 minutes flat. What's not to love about this micro stove? So some complain about the lack of flame control…
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A decent cookset for multiple people, if weight is not a primary consideration for you. I bought this set several years ago at a charity auction.
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Optimus Terra Solo Cookset

rated 5 of 5 stars Great solo-sized two pot set for lightweight, compact backpacking. Easily fits a small fuel canister, mini stove, and lighter inside. Nice mesh…
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Optimus Vega Stove

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Optimus Vega is a small, lightweight remote canister stove billed as a high performance four-season stove because of its ability to easily…
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 5 of 5 stars This is perfect for two-person gourmet cooking. I can pack my svea 123 stove inside along with compact silverware with plenty of room to spare.
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Optimus Crux Lite

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight powerhouse that's small enough to forget it's there. Picked one of these up as an alternative to my alcohol stove for the occasions…
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Optimus Crux Lite

rated 5 of 5 stars This stove is very compact and lightweight. It lights easily and burns consistently. I recommend it for any backpacker who wants to travel light…
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Optimus Crux

rated 5 of 5 stars Great little stove! I've read some people had a hard time with the flame adjustment to simmer, not me. Lights easy, folds down tiny, and flame…
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Optimus Kettle

rated 5 of 5 stars Perfect for my alcohol stove. I have been experimenting with different alcohol stoves and couldn't seem to get my boil times under 8 minutes…
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Optimus Terra Solo Cookset

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great little cookset! Good heat dispersion, non-stick coating and lightweight too. I like this cookset very much, it is currently my cookset…
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Optimus Heat Insulation Pouch

rated 5 of 5 stars Top quality with pockets to keep hands warm while eating. Works very well indeed. Well to start with, I have made all my pot cozies using silver…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars The seva 123 is widely known as one of the most reliable stoves ever made and for good reason, they don’t break and most of them are still…
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Optimus Crux

rated 4 of 5 stars Good tiny stove for boiling water. Got this stove back in 2008 and have used it a bit since. The stove definitely follows a KISS mentality —…
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Optimus Nova

rated 0.5 of 5 stars The stove that will rip you off and let you down — if it doesn't kill you or leave you in the burn unit first. Bought this item online from…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I've had two hiker stoves. The first one had a defective pump and was returned to Campmor. The replacement stove was used once. The second time…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 5 of 5 stars A very stable stove that puts out a lot of heat when needed but will simmer too! I have a Nova (NOT plus) and love it so decided to try this…
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Optimus Nova+

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This stove is not reliable. It will break after 3 - 4 uses. My wife is on an 8-week research trip in the Mojave desert with this stove. The…
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Optimus 8R

rated 5 of 5 stars Bullet proof and it will SIMMER! Easy to light. I have 2 of these, both purchased on eBay. They both work great and are easy to light. I prefer…
 
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Simple and almost bullet proof and will SIMMER. Highly recommended. I have 2 of these stoves.  The first I purchased new from an online retailer…
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Optimus Nova

rated 5 of 5 stars Works great, easy to prime, and IT WILL SIMMER! Used the Nova (NOT Nova+) recently on a winter backpack trip and my stove was the only one in…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars This stove is timeless. There are hundreds of reviews over many forums and throughout the ages. This stove keeps on shining. I would sacrifice…
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Optimus Svea

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This stove and similar were rendered obsolete and retired along time ago for good reasons. This stove and others very similar to it with provisions…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I have the SVEA 123R and bought it in 1977. It still works faithfully. Never had a problem. Due to weight, I'm considering a Nova Plus or MSR…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 1 of 5 stars I previously had a Nova stove for years and decided to get the Hiker as I thought that it would be more stable. Well used it 4 times then she…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought this stove in 1974 for $50. That was a lot back then. But well worth the price. I would say this is the most important part of my hiking/pack…
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Optimus Nova

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Bought the Optimus Nova two years ago. Have used it on 3 or 4 trips and worked fine. In getting ready for the last trip, the hose coupling…
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Optimus Nova

rated 5 of 5 stars Purchased four or five years ago to replace a twenty-year-old MSR XGK — which is still operational, by the way.  In addition to the XGK and…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars How many things do you own that always work as they're supposed to, and always have worked for more than 30 yrs?  Probably not too many. …
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Bought one in 1967 and it has never failed me. I had a love affair with MSR stoves when white gas got hard to find (see my review of the MSR…
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Optimus Titanium Folding Spork

rated 5 of 5 stars This folding titanium spork is my go to utensil in the backcountry. I thought it was flimsy at first, until I realized it locks into place with…
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Optimus Nova

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought mine in 2008 before the big recall and it has served me very well. It is light, efficient, easy to use, easy to fix/service, and takes…
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 5 of 5 stars I use this with the optimus crux. I store all my cooking gear inside optimus terra cookset (except for the gas bottle) including 3 sporks,…
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Optimus Crux

rated 4 of 5 stars Great lightweight stove. This thing is tiny and lightweight, when in its little neoprene case it can be carried anywhere (even in the hollow…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars SVEA 123R Rocks. Mine has been through thick and thin for over 30 years and still starts first time. Best comment would be hiking the Grand…
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Optimus Nova

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought the Optimus Nova stove, only to find a few days before a trip, there was a recall on my stove. To my dismay, I found out my stove had…
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Optimus Nova+

rated 2.5 of 5 stars This stove had a pulsing behavior to the flame that we couldn't do anything with on a 70 mile backpacking trip for our whole crew at Philmont…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars This stove has never failed me. It may be a little heavier than other, newer stoves, but when it counts (like in the winter or other bad weather)…
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Optimus 8R

rated 4 of 5 stars I have two of these stove and find them terrific for simmering and boiling. The fuel capacity is a tad limited compared to the Svea 123 and…
 
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I keep searching for this stove at yard sales and on ebay. When I get them home, I completely clean them with a mixture of catsup and vinegar…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 5 of 5 stars I have read all the reviews of this product and found agreement with a few.  I would not call this a backpacker type of stove in this era.
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Simple, cool, classic, and it can simmer like a champ. I use the Snow Peak titanium cup instead of the provided aluminum one, as the Snow Peak…
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Optimus Fuel Bottle

rated 2 of 5 stars Bottle looked great, loved the "Skittles" green color. This bottle had the newer "child proof" cap that was designed to not come loose without…
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Optimus Crux

rated 4 of 5 stars Good stove. It is a little loose when 'snapped' into position. This is the only downfall once you have placed a pot on it. Bear in mind you…
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Optimus Svea

rated 4 of 5 stars Great little stove that lasted forever, until I added a windscreen and overpressurized it! I loved this stove and it worked pretty well for…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The stove wants to be CLEAN because at the very end there is a TINY little jet that can clog easily. Initial problems will result if you fail…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars This stove model debuted in 1955, so it isn't 100 years old, despite what you read on the web. People like to obsess over gear weight, but do…
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Optimus Nova+

rated 5 of 5 stars Optimus Nova Plus I did a lot of research before I bought this stove. I have been a Whisperlite International MSR user for years. It was dependable…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars The stove is brilliant, compact and works every time very well. I have had the stove for several years, though starting it especially for the…
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Optimus Svea

I have had an Optimus svea 123 with the Sigg Tourist cookkit since 1977. It was a gift. I have NEVER been able to get it to work right. Nor…
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Optimus Crux Lite

rated 4 of 5 stars I thought I would throw my hat in the ring and review this stove since it does not have one yet. Being 16 I'm not a real gear head like my dad…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars This is our second Svea. The first one is still going strong after many years and has been trouble free. I use white gas only. Priming is easy…
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Optimus Nova

rated 2 of 5 stars The pump cup is leather and you will have problems with it, which will cost you a 30 dollar extra service kit. The pump rod is a soft aluminum…
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Optimus Nova

rated 3 of 5 stars Purchased 1-3-2010. I've practiced using it to make sure it would work. The pump leather was a little too small. Would still pump but had flipped…
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Optimus Nova+

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I got this stove due to critical acclaim, which, in retrospect, reflected one time use, and not a long term study. I have had two problems with…
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Optimus Svea

rated 3 of 5 stars This is a good stove and the design has been around for 100 years, but let's face it there are much better choices out there today! The Good:…
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I used this set to walk the AT from Duncannon to White River Jct. Just took the teflon ones left the annodized one behind. Set worked great,…
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Optimus Nova

rated 1 of 5 stars I was impressed when I received the stove. It is a work of art. I backpack 3 days a week, or more. I used the stove on two trips and noticed…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I used to use this stove all the time. Loved it when in full time use. I put it a way for about fifteen years and only recently brought it back…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars The recent post inspired me to add my thoughts. The SVEA 123R is the most reliable piece of hiking gear I own. I wanted a single stove for year…
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Optimus Svea

rated 4 of 5 stars Old School: A classic from a time gone by and the best damn 19oz of compact brass you can pack if you want a hot meal and don't mind a bit of…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 5 of 5 stars I had to take mine apart, and blow it out with my garage compressor, because it was giving a very weak pulsing flame. Now it works really great.
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Will depart Springer Mtn. GA late Feb '10 for Mt. Katahdin. I purchased this stove in 1981 as an instructor in the "Wilderness Skills" program…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 1 of 5 stars Don't waste your time & money! I own 2 Optimus Nova stoves, and thought this would be a good addition. I was extremely disappointed when…
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Optimus Titanium Folding Spork

rated 3 of 5 stars I originally bought the Optimus Spork because it could fold and would fit inside my Snow Peak cook set. At the store the design seemed really…
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Optimus Stella+

rated 4 of 5 stars i love this stove. i bought it with the terra cookset and it fits in the pots perfect. i have used it for about a year now and have had no real…
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Optimus Nova+

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a great stove as far as liquid, multi-fuel stoves go. Let me start by saying I own this stove and the JetBoil cooking system, which…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 1 of 5 stars I felt compelled to seek out and provide a review on Optimus Hiker stove after my recent experience with a brand new unit failed in the first…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I have another multi fuel stove that is very good and has not failed me. I bought this stove because it looked neat, like something a Sherpa…
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Optimus Hiker+

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I am not entirely sure why this is called the hiker, this stove is massive and heavy. Looks rugged, I will be taking it kayaking mostly and…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I've used my svea 123 stove several times a year for 38 years, and it has never failed me. All I do is burn it empty at the end of the season,…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought this in 1964 for $9.95 and it was expensive then. It has served me well and I bought several others for use for trips that I have guided.
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Works well with smaller stoves, gripping nicely. Pot handle is good. Bowls are rounded for easy cleaning. One of the bowls in not coated, just…
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Optimus Hiker+

The first one had a leak in the fuel tank and would not pressurise. The second one would burn for 3 mins before sooting up. This happened on…
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Optimus Svea

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have had mine since I purchased in new in the early seventies. With only two moving parts (the valve and the needle on the "R" model), it…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I purchased this stove in 1974...for those folks that don't do math, that was 34 years ago. I can't remember how much I paid for it. I used…
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Optimus Crux

rated 5 of 5 stars The five main things I like about this stove is: 1. 12,000 BTU's, 2. The way it folds down & fits into the bottom of your fuel canister,…
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Optimus Nova

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have had this stove for about three months now and have discovered a very serious problem. In the beginning I chose the Optimus Nova over…
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Optimus Terra Cookset

rated 4 of 5 stars Great product...very well made and the pot warmer, believe it or not works well... cook the food then put it in a bowl and cover...will stay…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars Oh, my. It's simple, beautiful, and utterly reliable. Burns almost anything. When's the last time you could call a stove elegant? It's exciting…
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Optimus Crux

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Nice and small but the black stove is a older version and has a little shake to it. On top of being small it shakes! The new orange stove -…
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Optimus Svea

rated 5 of 5 stars I purchased my 1st SVEA 123 in early 80s. Can't remember the price. It is still going strong. After 25 years of use never failed once; Can't…
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Optimus Nova

rated 5 of 5 stars This is my first liquid gas stove that I've bought, and judging by how sturdy this sucker is built it will be my last. It primes fairly quick…
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